Women’s Book group will discuss ‘The Red Tent’ beginning March 12

Our next Women’s Book Discussion Group will begin on March 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. We will read “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant.

“The Red Tent” is available on Amazon:

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons.

Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood — the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers-Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah-the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate, immediate connection.

Deeply affecting, “The Red Tent”combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of Biblical women’s society.

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through April 16. Here are the reading assignments:

  • March 12 – Prologue, Part One (Chapters 1-3)
  • March 19 – Part Two (Chapters 1-3)
  • March 26 – Part Two (Chapters 4-6)
  • April 2 – Part Two (Chapters 7-8), Part Three (Chapter 1)
  • April 9 – Part Three (Chapters 2-3)
  • April 16 – Part Three (Chapters 4-5)